3D Systems to acquire Cimatron

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, cad, 3d systems, cam, cimatron

We’re all used to 3D Systems acquiring an increasingly diverse set of companies to expand out its portfolio of solutions and offerings, but this one came as a surprise.

News is just in that the 3D print giant has acquired Israel-based Cimatron for around the $97 million dollar mark.

In a press release issued this morning, the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement that will see the Cimatron branded products (such as its mould design and CNC programming tools) as well as the GibbsCAM product line, brought under the 3D Systems umbrella.

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Design Council launch £300k Spark fund for product design

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, product design, design council, uk, funding, spark

With a £300k pot, the new Design Council Spark fund and accelerator is looking for UK-based candidates

The Design Council has launched its own product design investment fund and accelerator for individuals and teams with revolutionary product ideas.

Open to anyone over 18 and based in the UK with a brilliant product idea that they want to bring to market, the programme welcomes early stage ideas as well as working prototypes.

Refreshingly, the product prototype or idea should be primarily physical rather than digital, and will be judged against the following criteria:

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New India-UK collaboration funding boost for clean-tech and advanced manufacturing projects

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, clean tech, uk, cleantech, funding, india, innovate uk

The new scheme can benefit collaborations on clean tech and advanced manufacturing

A new collaborative industrial R&D programme between the British and Indian governments looks to aid projects tackling grand societal challenges with a route to future commercial success.

The programme will provide grant funding to help participants build sustainable research partnerships between UK and Indian companies, and increase bilateral R&D collaboration with the aim of generating new intellectual property and developing technology prototypes.

UK designers and engineers with projects in clean-tech energy, affordable healthcare, advanced manufacturing, or the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in any of those, are now eligible to sign up for the scheme, which can offer up to 50 per cent of the project funding.

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Five new materials for 3D Systems ProJet 1200

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, prototype, 3d systems, jewellery

New materials make this micro SLA printer a more attractive option for pro desktop printing

3D Systems has announced the expansion of its ProJet 1200 suite with the arrival of five new materials specifically for the desktop printing capabilities of its micro-SLA 3D printer.

The five new materials join its existing VisiJet FTX Green material, expanding the capabilities of jewellers, dental labs, manufacturers, engineers, and 3D artists in the creation of casting patterns, small end-use parts, figurines and presentation models.

Jewellers will immediately benefit from the new FTX Cast material is a wax/resin hybrid material developed specifically for compatibility with a wide range of jewellery casting methods and materials.

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PTC pushes Internet of Things at its European user event

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: ptc, internet of things, iot, thingworx, user event, liveworx, streetscooter, m2m

This year’s PTC Live Stuttgart, which took place on 18-19 November 2014 at the ICS in Stuttgart, saw an Internet of Things co-located event: LiveWorx Europe

PTC is the only CAD vendor that really seems to be shouting about the Internet of Things (IoT), and it’s certainly making a loud noise with the recent $300 million investment of two IoT related companies - ThingWorx and Axeda.

At PTC Live Global 2014 held earlier this year in Boston, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann kicked off the event by introducing IoT and discussed the company’s strategy in this area (read the article here, which also explains what IoT is). This event featured an IoT focussed conference stream called LiveWorx.

At its European user conference - PTC Live Stuttgart - which took place earlier this week, the second LiveWorx event took place. Over two days, the packed agenda saw PTC employees, customers, researchers, analysts and thought leaders talk about the benefits and business value that IoT can deliver.

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The Weekender: Britain is the most entrepreneurial nation in Europe

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, awards, uk, entrepreneur, start-ups, weekender, britain

Leading the way for Europe, the UK is great for entrepreneurs

From James Dyson-esque garden shed hardware start-ups, to the man in Liverpool city centre that does headstands into a bucket for small change, Britain is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe.

Have some of that, Iceland.

English speaking countries top the entrepreneurial nations table, with the USA, Canada and Australia above the UK in the Global Entrepreneurship Network Index 2015 table.

This year’s ranking is the UK’s highest position in the five-year history of the index and has seen steady improvement during that time, and although this isn’t a direct measure of success, it is something that we should all take pride in.

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Autodesk joins structural and manufacturing simulation tools for composites analysis

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, moldflow, autodesk labs, analysis, materials, composites

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis can now interpret Moldflow information and combine it with structural analysis for more realistic simulation results

Autodesk’s Simulation Composite Analysis is now able to interpret imported Moldflow information and combine it with a structural mesh to then perform nonlinear structural analysis of the component within the user’s FEA software.

Using a new feature called Advanced Material Exchange, users are able to export material properties, fiber orientations and residual stress/strain information from Autodesk Simulation Moldflow in order to better understand the as-manufactured state of a component.

The result for users is significantly improved insight and accuracy of the structural performance of chopped fiber composite components, such as simulating the warped shape prior to structural analysis or computing the ultimate failure load and mode of the structure using state of the art failure theories.

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